By Charles Von West­erly (pub­lished by CreateS­pace In­de­pen­dent Pub­lish­ing)

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Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fic­tion, which may im­me­di­ately have you won­der­ing why a book about it is fea­tured in a mag­a­zine about watches. Ac­tu­ally, the two worlds over­lap: steampunk is fo­cused around the idea of tech­nol­ogy and aes­thetic de­signs of 19th cen­tury in­dus­trial steam-pow­ered ma­chin­ery – it’s Vic­to­rian Eng­land or the Amer­i­can Wild Wild West re-cast in maybe a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic fu­ture, or an al­ter­na­tive past. As such, steampunk fans tend to have a fas­ci­na­tion with all things me­chan­i­cal, watches in­cluded. But, more than that, the aes­thetic is one that – al­though few peo­ple can name it –has trick­led into watch de­sign too, by the likes of Ro­main Jerome and De­Witt, for in­stance, and even out­right shap­ing brands the likes of Retrow­erk and Devon. It’s a sub-cul­ture you need to know about. Charles Von West­erly – a steampunk name if ever there was one – is your guide.

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